Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.


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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State
Ministers of State
Nigel Adams MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Rt Hon Zac Goldsmith MP
Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Baroness Sugg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
James Duddridge MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Wendy Morton MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Allan Dorans (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Alyn Smith (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Lisa Nandy (Labour)
Shadow Foreign Secretary
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs)
Baroness Northover (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs Team Member)
Shadow Ministers
Fabian Hamilton (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Wayne David (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Stephen Doughty (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Stephen Kinnock (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Catherine West (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Aug 2020, 4:07 p.m.
"I look forward to bringing together our diplomats & development experts to deliver for the people of the UK & act as a force for good around the world" Appointment of @PhilipRBarton as Permanent Under-Secretary of the new Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office announced - Link
3 Aug 2020, 10:18 a.m.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jun. 30 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 29 Urgent Questions Xinjiang: Uyghurs
Mar. 12 Westminster Hall Freedom of Religion or Belief
Jan. 13 Adjournment Debate Official Development Assistance Target
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
20 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (c.13) to establish a sanctions regime in relation to Sudan for the purposes of implementing many of the obligations that the United Kingdom has under UN Security Council Resolutions 1556 (2004), 1591 (2005), 1672 (2006) and 2035 (2012). They also have the purposes of promoting the peace, security and stability of Sudan, encouraging the resolution of the armed conflicts in Sudan and the stabilisation of Sudan, promoting respect for democracy, the rule of law and good governance in Sudan and other related purposes.
Laid
15 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Foreign and Commonwealth Office Yemen (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (c.13) to establish a sanctions regime in relation to Yemen for the purposes of compliance with the United Kingdom’s international obligations resulting from various United Nations Security Council Resolutions, including, in particular, Resolution 2140 (2014) and Resolution 2216 (2015) and for the purpose of promoting the peace, stability and security of Yemen.
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Petitions addressed by Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
30,349
Petition Closed

Impose Financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar (Burma).

Gov Responded - 4 Oct 2017 Debated on - 16 Apr 2018
14 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Impose harsh financial sanctions on the State of Myanmar due to the current ongoing ethnic cleansing being pursued by elements of its security forces.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Select Committee

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Foreign and Commonwealth Office Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Aug. 03 Ecuador: List of Hospitals Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 03 Portugal: importation of motor vehicles Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 03 UK-China Cooperation on Intellectual Property News and Communications
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
3 Aug 2020, 4:21 p.m. Harry Dunn Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the death of Harry Dunn.

Answer (Baroness Sugg)

The Foreign Secretary has discussed this regularly with the US Government. Most recently, both the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister raised it with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 22 July. They made clear that we believed the US refusal of the extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas amounted to a denial of justice, and that she should return to the UK.

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